Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bon Appetit!

Today was the day I cooked two weeks worth of meals in about 5 hours. It is the most fun I've had in the kitchen in ages. First, the weather was perfect for a day of cooking. We woke up to this.

Emily's soccer game was canceled and we had nothing else planned for the day. We didn't get a lot of snow, but the roads were icy and travel was discouraged. So, I had the whole family to keep me company. I think they're all eager to try some of the food they've watched being prepared and that they smelled cooking all morning.

I thought the entire process went very smoothly. The first step is all the chopping and dicing. It was great fun to use my new kitchen knives and I felt like Julia Child, chopping all those onions. (Loved, loved that movie!)

And carrots and peppers and celery and green onion. . .

Occasionally someone would wander through and I coerced him into washing a few dishes.
(Some people just don't take my blog seriously!) This Fiesta Shrimp dish is going to be one of my favorites. Saucy noodles: salsa, three kinds of cheese, yogurt, and yummy spices. It goes in a freezer bag and when it's time to bake, put it in a 9x13 pan along with the shrimp. Mama mia!

I changed up the spaghetti sauce a bit, using my own recipe. I like to use fresh garlic in everything I cook. Well, almost everything. The book calls for a jar of minced garlic to use for all of the recipes, which would have saved me some time, because I ended up mincing garlic as I went along. And there was lots of it. Especially in this sauce. Mmmmmm, just smell it!

Speaking of noodles (weren't we?), my mother-in-law gave me this awesome pasta pot. If I'm not using it to make something for supper, my #2 son is using it to cook up some pasta for a snack. He's a real pasta head. It is a handy-dandy thing. (The pot, that is). Cook the noodles and the top has holes to drain them.

By 1:00 I had 10 one-gallon freezer bags in the freezer and several containers of spaghetti sauce and tortilla soup.

Don't mind that the bag is upside down. Or that there's a misspelling in the labeling. It's "Twelve Boy Curry," not "Tweve Boy Curry." I think I'm going to love this one, too.

The book says (and we must always follow the book, right?) that you should plan on going out to eat on Cooking Day. But, (throwing the book aside), we said to heck with that. #2 son boiled up some pasta in our handy-dandy pot and we heated up some spaghetti sauce.

(Insert picture here of family slurping spaghetti noodles up their chins).

Would I recommend cooking "in bulk?" Absolutely! Next time, I think I'll do it for a month's worth of meals. Such fun!

13 comments:

Lynne said...

A couple of years ago (that long?) I spent a weekend cooking up meals for a month. I filled the freezer. Most of them were good - a couple of losers. I think as it's getting a little cooler I might do that again. It's so nice to be able to pull something out and just heat it up.

Country Dreaming said...

I'm impressed! Congratulations.
You have more gusto than I.
As I said before it would help if we had more freezer space.
Can't wait to see what's next.

Melinda

Bee Jay said...

I've never done that (cooking up so many dinners for freezing) at once. My greatest claim to fame was to freeze meals each night after our dinner to store for my husband's meals while I was away for 3 weeks. Now that there's only two of us at home, I don't suppose I'd even bother doing it 'in bulk' but I admire anyone who would do that kind of preparation. Good job Karen!

Judy said...

Wow. Now THAT is inspiring.

I have that book, somewhere...

Susanne said...

Well, I feel a whole lot better knowing that someone else got the white stuff. It is freezing here. -9*C, that would be like 20*F and we had two blizzardy days. Brrr. And that is perfect for cooking up a storm. I am going to have to check that book out. I definitely need to get into cooking up some freezer foods.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I must, MUST get this book! What a great idea!!

Xandra

Sherri said...

Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog today! It was wonderful meeting Lynne! She was one of the first people I met on the WW Boards too! Where in Colorado are you? I have family in Montrose. I'll stop by again!

RIZZI said...

HI KAREN,
SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A BUSY DAY, YOU ACCOMPLISHED A LOT. THIS SHOULD HELP YOU OUT, AND GIVE YOU A LITTLE BREATHER ONCE IN A WHILE. EVERYTHING YOU MADE SOUNDS REALLY GOOD. SOUP IS GOOD TO FREEZE TOO. LOVE YOUR SNOW. HOPE IT SNOWS HERE IN NJ THIS YEAR. TAKE CARE. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

LOVE YOUR PASTA POT!!!

Kat said...

Karen what a great idea, do you want to come to my house and do that for me? it all looks good. I hope it all works out wonderful for you. Let us know. I hope you're having a great weekend.

Robin said...

I've heard of people who do this - but I've never gotten up the courage to try it!
You just might have to share your shrimp recipe though - that looks really good!

diana said...

this method of cooking has always intrigued me. i can see where it would be enjoyable and efficient - if you enjoy cooking. i really don't. oh, how i wish i did.

Joanna Jenkins said...

WOW! That was a very productive day in the kitchen! i haven't cooked in bulk since last winter but now that the days have finally cooled off (although we don't get snow :-) I'll start back up again. Thanks for the reminder.

I love Julie & Julia too! Did you Read Julia Child's "My Life In France" that the movie was, in part, based on. It was fabulous!

xo

Jen said...

How fun girl....I may need to go buy this book this week......how are the meals so far?